Regional higher education partnership evolves

Posted 6/14/22

Associate of Arts degree and transfer agreements approved EAU CLAIRE – Chippewa Valley Techni – cal College, UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls and UW-Stout are pleased to announce a new …

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Associate of Arts degree and transfer agreements approved

EAU CLAIRE – Chippewa Valley Techni – cal College, UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls and UW-Stout are pleased to announce a new partnership to further enhance their commit – ment to serving students and supporting their success. On Friday, June 10, the UW System Board of Regents made the .nal approval allowing CVTC to oer an Associate of Arts degree. The Wisconsin Technical College System approval to oer the degree was granted on May 17. "We are pleased to provide this remark –

able opportunity for students across the dis – trict," said CVTC College President Sunem Beaton-Garcia, Ph.D. "The partnership with our UW institutions is of great importance, and I am grateful for their continued collab –

oration to provide seamless transfer for stu –

dents." This eort was the result of close collab – oration with all three UW institutions in the region as commitments to seamless trans –

fer were rearmed between the participat – ing higher education institutions earlier this spring. This collaboration will support the transfer of students to the institution that best suits their interests and support the needs of students throughout northwest Wisconsin and beyond. UW-Stout Chancellor Katherine Frank, Ph.D. said she recognizes the signi.cant variance in the educational journey of each individual. "It is our responsibility to meet students where they are and provide them with the quality educational experience they aspire to achieve by removing barriers that may deter their success," she said.

"While each institution has a distinct mis – sion, we are deeply committed to our students and stronger transfer outcomes throughout the region," stated UW-Eau Claire Chancel – lor Jim Schmidt, Ph.D. "Our shared goal is to provide educational options across our insti –

tutions that will help students meet their ca – reer and life goals no matter where they start or complete their degrees." Students enrolling in the Associate of Arts degree at CVTC will bene.t from close col – laboration with all three university partners. Guidance relative to students' desired path –

ways for areas of study and transfer institu – tion will be provided by a dedicated advisor on CVTC campuses, supported by UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls and UW-Stout. In addition to seamless transfer agree – ments and embedded advising, UW-River Falls Chancellor Maria Gallo, Ph.D., ex – pressed the importance of joint professional development and shared messaging for pro – spective and existing students. "While keeping with our shared principles and practices, we have built strong, collabora – tive teams across our institutions to develop, support and maintain the partnership work to provide the most eective and ecient op – tions for learners, regardless of their current situation or desired pathway," she said. Students interested in pursuing the Asso – ciate of Arts degree may start the program as early as the fall 2022 semester, which begins at the end of August. Submitted by CVTC